Quick Observations: NU falls to Gophers

Nebraska lost its second straight game Sunday afternoon, 69-61, to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Huskers led at the half 33-32, but scored only six points in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

*Nebraska went with a smaller lineup for most of the game (Jorge Brian Diaz did not play), with players like Mike Fox getting more than normal minutes (13). Toney McCray was the tallest player on the floor much of the time, but they were able to take advantage in transition (especially in the first half) and were pesky on defense. Nebraska was out-rebounded on the offensive glass, 11-8.

*Minnesota's bench was a key factor in their victory, outscoring Nebraska's bench 40-7. Players like Chip Armelin, (15 points) Andre Hollins (8) and Nebraska native Elliot Eliason (6) were all productive for the Golden Gophers off the bench.

*Brandon Richardson scored 10 points after his five point performance against Northwestern and 25 points against Iowa. Nebraska would probably like to get more consistent efforts out of him, instead of up and down point totals each game

*Nebraska went cold from the field in the 2nd half. They were shooting at 60% from the field at halftime, but the Huskers struggled the remainder of the game (especially from beyond the arc) shooting only 30% in the 2nd half.

*The one bright spot for Nebraska was their free throw shooting. They went 12 of 13 from the charity stripe, but needed to get there more consistently. The Huskers are tied for second all time as a team in free throw percentage in school history.

- Josh Harvey -


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